Mac Pro. Worth the price?


WhiteIphone5

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I would suggest that it depends on what your computing needs are whether you need a Mac Pro...and then worry about the cost.
Probably should I ask if it was a good deal rather than if it was worth it. Based by condition and specs, do you think it's a fair price?
 

Lil Chillbil

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Probably should I ask if it was a good deal rather than if it was worth it. Based by condition and specs, do you think it's a fair price?
lets see here quad core 2gb of ram that will barely run 10.8 for $1200 smacks


if you are planning on using it for many many years and take it on an upgrade path aka adding more ram/ new graphics card 2nd dvd drive new hdd over a long amount of time. I would say that it was a good deal
 

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lets see here quad core 2gb of ram that will barely run 10.8 for $1200 smacks


if you are planning on using it for many many years and take it on an upgrade path aka adding more ram/ new graphics card 2nd dvd drive new hdd over a long amount of time. I would say that it was a good deal
This one seems to hit the spot. What do you think?
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Apple-Mac-Pro-A1289-Quad-Core-2-66GHz-4Gb-640Gb-Nehalem-2009-/281117865215?pt=Apple_Desktops&hash=item4173ee34ff
 

thekev

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The initial one in the OP link is kind of expensive in the current year. I wonder if it's labeled correctly. The base model in 2010 came with 3GB of ram, not 2. Of course it was normal to bump that way up, but I'm skeptical when something is listed below stock specs.

That one is a better price overall. It's an older graphics card, but it's cheaper. Depending on your requirements, you can upgrade it to a pretty awesome machine. You haven't mentioned anything about your needs though. It's really quite possible to go into overkill mode too, which is why I ask.
 

WhiteIphone5

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The initial one in the OP link is kind of expensive in the current year. I wonder if it's labeled correctly. The base model in 2010 came with 3GB of ram, not 2. Of course it was normal to bump that way up, but I'm skeptical when something is listed below stock specs.



That one is a better price overall. It's an older graphics card, but it's cheaper. Depending on your requirements, you can upgrade it to a pretty awesome machine. You haven't mentioned anything about your needs though. It's really quite possible to go into overkill mode too, which is why I ask.
eh iMovie, FCP, Photshop, C++, JAVA, Obc-c programming. Might be an Overkill but want something to hold up for a while :)
already got an SSD and probably buy gtx 680 or 5780 not sure yet
 

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Hi WhitePhone5. With the first link you provided, http://www.ebay.com/itm/APPLE-MAC-PR…item53f9688591 Clarify with the seller if the listing on the specs is correct. The Mac Pro was listed as Mid 2010, 3.2ghz. As far as I know, the Mid 2010 base model was 2.8ghz at 3g ram as default. Then the Mid 2012 Mac Pro base model was 3.2ghz with 6g default ram.

What I can suggest is if you can get a 2009 2.93ghz Quad Core llke this one listed as $1200 where the price is not too far from the link above http://www.ebay.com/itm/APPLE-MAC-PRO-EARLY-2009-QUAD-CORE-2-93GHZ-6GB-RAM-640GB-HDD-DVDRW-/130868598846?pt=Apple_Desktops&hash=item1e7860583e

Clarify with seller also on the cosmetic condition as some sellers only use stock photos and not the actual photo of the computer. There should be no major dents. Also on the first link, the Mac Pro has only 2G ram so factor in added expenses in getting more ram. Happy shopping.
 

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eh iMovie, FCP, Photshop, C++, JAVA, Obc-c programming. Might be an Overkill but want something to hold up for a while :)
already got an SSD and probably buy gtx 680 or 5780 not sure yet
That is a good set of uses. You don't necessarily need a powerful gpu for most of that. FCP might start to make better use of one in the near future. What I meant was that many people suggest upgrading the older machines to 6 cores without taking use into consideration. The 680 is a nice option if you use anything that really stresses it. I don't think it has full CUDA support yet though. Also you remind me that I still need to learn objective c:mad:.
 

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Hi WhitePhone5. With the first link you provided, http://www.ebay.com/itm/APPLE-MAC-PR…item53f9688591 Clarify with the seller if the listing on the specs is correct. The Mac Pro was listed as Mid 2010, 3.2ghz. As far as I know, the Mid 2010 base model was 2.8ghz at 3g ram as default. Then the Mid 2012 Mac Pro base model was 3.2ghz with 6g default ram.

What I can suggest is if you can get a 2009 2.93ghz Quad Core llke this one listed as $1200 where the price is not too far from the link above http://www.ebay.com/itm/APPLE-MAC-PRO-EARLY-2009-QUAD-CORE-2-93GHZ-6GB-RAM-640GB-HDD-DVDRW-/130868598846?pt=Apple_Desktops&hash=item1e7860583e

Clarify with seller also on the cosmetic condition as some sellers only use stock photos and not the actual photo of the computer. There should be no major dents. Also on the first link, the Mac Pro has only 2G ram so factor in added expenses in getting more ram. Happy shopping.
Thank you for the reply. How about the 2nd link?

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That is a good set of uses. You don't necessarily need a powerful gpu for most of that. FCP might start to make better use of one in the near future. What I meant was that many people suggest upgrading the older machines to 6 cores without taking use into consideration. The 680 is a nice option if you use anything that really stresses it. I don't think it has full CUDA support yet though. Also you remind me that I still need to learn objective c:mad:.
Lol better get to it bro.
 

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Thank you for the reply. How about the 2nd link?

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Hi Whitephone5 The second link is also acceptable and good. I was thinking might as well get the maximum highest spec at the lowest possible cost so I suggested the 2.93ghz and it has more ram at 6gb. But if you are satisfied with the 2009 2.66ghz at $950 it's also a good. Have a good weekend
 

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Thank you for the reply. How about the 2nd link?

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Hi Whitephone5 The second link is also acceptable and good. I was thinking might as well get the maximum highest spec at the lowest possible cost so I suggested the 2.93ghz and it has more ram at 6gb. But if you are satisfied with the 2009 2.66ghz at $950 it's also a good. Have a good weekend
Thanks you too! To be honest I can spend a few extra bucks. I just want a system that would be able to handle a few more OS upgrades not get killed off like the 06 and 07 models.
 

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Lol better get to it bro.
Difficult to learn? I'm not much of a developer. I write a few scripted tools, and I'm starting to do a little shader writing.

Thanks you too! To be honest I can spend a few extra bucks. I just want a system that would be able to handle a few more OS upgrades not get killed off like the 06 and 07 models.
Yeah they were killed off together as they used a lot of the same parts. The 08s are their own thing. The 09 through 12s use the same board. There might be some gpu or firmware that is dropped, but it should be possible to run the latest OS on any of those around the same amount of time. I would give it maybe 3 years after they're no longer produced, but I'm not 100% sure if they'll try to drop some variants earlier than others. The current internals have been used over a very long cycle, but they can't just drop something as soon as that model is replaced.
 

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Difficult to learn? I'm not much of a developer. I write a few scripted tools, and I'm starting to do a little shader writing.



Yeah they were killed off together as they used a lot of the same parts. The 08s are their own thing. The 09 through 12s use the same board. There might be some gpu or firmware that is dropped, but it should be possible to run the latest OS on any of those around the same amount of time. I would give it maybe 3 years after they're no longer produced, but I'm not 100% sure if they'll try to drop some variants earlier than others. The current internals have been used over a very long cycle, but they can't just drop something as soon as that model is replaced.
Wish I had $$ for the new Mac Pro. I'm 100% base model starts at 2.5k -.-